Superman continues to represent the collective imagination of superhero references. AFP / Timothy A. CLARY
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In an era when superheroes seem to be everywhere – there were literally dozens in the most recent "Avengers" film – the Man of Steel stands apart. Eighty years after his debut in Action Comics #1, dated June 1938, Superman is still an American cultural icon, the hero of reference and the undisputed star of DC Comics.Today, the comic book publisher – also known for Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern among others – is counting on Superman more than ever.Superman's debut was a smash success.In Illinois, the town of Metropolis – which shares a name with Superman's fictional home – organizes an annual festival celebrating the hero.This summer, on the heels of a "Man of Steel" mini-series, DC Comics will reboot the standalone "Superman" series. To keep Superman in step with society, writers tried to keep him in sync with political and societal changes of the times.
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